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Welcome to the website of the

Till Valley Archaeological Society (TillVAS)

Patron: Rt. Hon. Lord Joicey

 

Hon. President: Dr. Chris Burgess

The Society's core aim is

"To encourage and promote the study of the archaeology, heritage and history of the catchment area of the River Till and the eastern Border lands of England and Scotland".

 

Webinar 2nd December

Monks and the manor: recent excavations from the Whiteadder project 

Two excavations that formed part of the Whiteadder: Historic Heart of the Lammermuirs project have revealed evidence for medieval occupation in the Whiteadder valley. Join Jessica Lowther from AOC Archaeology to hear about recent results and research from the site of Morham Castle and the Bothwell Water Valley.
 
 

Recent Developments in TillVAS

 

Members have been working hard to preparing our new premises at Ford Forge (next to Heatherslaw Mill) and we have now 'moved in'. We had planned to have open days for members and for the public but unfortunately these have had to be postponed.

Instead we are now planning to have a webinar on 16th December to share with you the story so far.

Join us at

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0nEpD_q-Si2ZXuyGDRTMdg

 

 

 

CORONAVIRUS

 

Dear TillVAS members and friends

 

We would like to thank all of you for your continued support over the past few months. We are especially grateful to those of you who have decided to renew your membership.

 

We are still working hard behind the scenes to find ways of offering talks and other events in the not too distant future - please have a look at the newsletter for more information

 

We will continue to keep in touch with you by the monthly newsletter, the website, facebook, twitter or as otherwise appropriate until we are able to resume TillVAS activities.

 

Meanwhile look after yourselves in these uncertain and challenging times

 

Kind regards

 

The TillVAS Committee.

 

 

 

We would like to share with you our interest in and enthusiasm for, everything to do with the history of the Till Valley and its river catchment, in north Northumberland, together with the eastern Border lands, once known as the English and Scottish Marches.

Photo-River Till, looking south from Twizel Bridge

 

The website has a dual purpose:-

Firstly, we wish to reach as wide an audience as possible so that, hopefully, those interested will want to attend meetings, excursions, archaeological 'digs', field walking and social occasions and become members of the Society.

Secondly, the intention is to keep members up-to-date with all the latest news and to inform them on what has happened, what is happening and what is planned for the future.

 

The Till Valley and the eastern Borders are rich in history and archaeological sites, set in attractive and varied landscapes. The River Till rises high up in the Cheviot Hills and is named the River Breamish in its upper reaches, becoming the River Till at Bewick Mill. It is a major tributary of the River Tweed and, unlike other tributaries, its course lies entirely in England. It is a long river, perhaps 40 miles, although it is difficult to be precise because of its many twists and turns before it finally flows into the River Tweed at Tillmouth.                      

                                                                                                            

All photos on this and other pages © TillVAS or members who have given permission.

TillVAS is a not-for-profit organisation recognised as charitable by HMRC.

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News

Webinars

 

We are looking forward to our next webinar  on 2nd December. AOC  who led the 'The Whiteader Project' will offer a talk entitled Monks and the manor

See right

Ford Forge

Join us on the 16th December to hear the story so far- see right

Ancrum Old Bridge Project

Thank you to Geoff Parkhouse for sending this link about this very successful project. We are hopng Geoff will give a talk to TillVAS sometime in the new year.

https://www.historicenvironment.scot/about-us/news/unique-underwater-discovery-of-medieval-scottish-bridge/


 

 

Aspects of Buildings & Monuments: Branxton, Crookham, Etal, Ford

by Antony Chessell & Gwen Chessell. Price £10 pbk 214pp.

Foreword by Rt. Hon. Lord Joicey

ISBN 978-0-244-75069-5

 

More information about this second publication by TillVAS can be seen on the Publications page.

 

TillVAS ARCHIVES

The Society has an extensive collection of documents and photographs held in its secure archives. These are invaluable for members wishing to study the local history of the area or wishing to gather information for e.g. the  Village Atlas Project. Please click on the tag above to see the catalogues. Anyone wishing to access the archives should contact the Society's Archivist, Julia Day.

MEMBERS' WRITTEN CONTRIBUTIONS

Please see a new section on the website—click on the appropriate tab above.  Please let us have your thoughts, in prose or in verse.

Please click on the Latest Newsletter page to see information for the current month.

PREVIOUS LECTURE AND OTHER REPORTS

Click on Reports on Events, above, for detailed accounts and press reports.

BOOKSTALL

The Society operates a bookstall at all its meetings.

Items for sale include:-

1. The Society's first two publications by Antony Chessell and Gwen Chessell; Breamish and Till: From Source to Tweed  and Aspects of Buildings and Monuments: Branxton, Crookham, Etal, Ford   at £10 per copy and

2. Vivian Wilcock's Andrew Todd 1844-1908 ( with research input by TillVAS members) at £5 per copy.

See the Publications page for more about these books.

 

Copies of Breamish and Till and Aspects of Buildings and Monuments: Branxton, Crookham, Etal, Ford , both written by Antony Chessell and Gwen Chessell, are also available in Cornhill Village Shop and the Lavender Tea Rooms and Village Shop in Etal.

 

There are also archaeological books and journals for sale. Net proceeds of sale go to TillVAS funds.